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Meet Our New Teacher + A Partnership with Mariposa!

Academy of Sound partners with Mariposa Learning Center

In this blog post, we announce a new partnership with Mariposa Learning Center in Fitchburg, introduce a new instructor, Ms. Esther, and highlight upcoming events including group classes, spring break, and the spring recital.

Meanwhile, be sure to keep healthy by WASHING YOUR HANDS!


We are thrilled to announce that Academy of Sound and Mariposa Learning Center have teamed up to offer on-site private music lessons to Mariposa students Monday-Friday beginning June 15, 2020!

Mariposa is nationally accredited bilingual (Spanish/English) child care center with a focus on the arts, whose much-anticipated Fitchburg location will open this summer. They offer high-quality care for children ages four weeks through ten years old, and will be conveniently located adjacent to the new Oregon School District's Forest Edge Elementary School, at 4870 Brassica Rd. Fitchburg WI.

This partnership will allow Mariposa students to attend their music lessons during the course of their normal learning day. We’re excited to provide this opportunity as a way to further enrich the experience of the Mariposa learners, and as a convenience to their families. We'll also provide digital piano stations for student practice, and rental instruments for those needing it.

If you have questions, please contact Erin Chisman at


Meet our newest instructor: Ms. Esther (violin/viola)

Esther Delamater is a violist and violinist, originally from California. She began her musical studies in the Suzuki strings program at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University, where she studied with Anthony Devroye and the Avalon String Quartet.

Ms. Esther has also studied Suzuki pedagogy with Ann Montzka-Smelser at NIU and the American Suzuki Institute. While at NIU, she performed with the NIU Philharmonic, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the NIU Chinese Music Ensemble, and various chamber music groups. She also taught music lessons at the NIU Community School of the Arts.

Ms. Esther recently moved to Wisconsin and plans to pursue her Master’s Degree in Music Performance at UW-Madison. She is passionate about teaching and inspiring her students to create beautiful music.

Welcome, Ms. Esther! See our openings to register with her today.


Important dates to remember

Monday March 9: Suzuki group strings class, 6-7pm (no Monday strings lessons)

March 23 - 27: Spring break. No lessons or classes

Saturday March 28: The Lullaby Project @ Overture Center (free)

Wednesday April 1: Summer registration begins

Monday April 6: Suzuki group strings class, 6-7pm (no Monday strings lessons)

Saturday April 25: State solo/ensemble @ UW-Platteville

Monday May 4: Suzuki group strings class, 6-7pm (no Monday or Thursday strings lessons this week)

Sunday May 17: Spring Recitals at the Oregon Performing Arts Center (Oregon High School). Admission is free, with donations accepted in support of Academy of Sound Foundation providing music scholarships for kids.

SIGN UP HERE for the 1pm or 3pm Spring Recitals

Friday May 22: Last day of regular lessons for 2019-2020 year

Monday May 25: CLOSED

May 26 - 28: Makeup week, with special group classes

Monday June 15: Summer 2020 lessons begin

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